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NAVY MEDICINE 

World Class Care. ., Anytime, Ajiywhere 



Issue 4 
April 10, 2009 

Inside this Issue : 

AdmiraVs Call by the Surgeon 
General of the U.S. Navy 
Vice Admiral Adam. M. 
Robinson, Jr. 



"The Hidden Casualties of War: 
Moving to Solutions" Symposium, 
May 7— 8 



BUMED Perinatal Advisory Board 4 
Brings Patient Safety Into Focus 



Sailors Bring Medical Care to 
Honduran Villages 



Pet Visitation — Making Rounds, 
Sharing Love at NH Jax 



Optometry Team Aboard Comfort 
Preps for CP09 



Cmdr. Awarded Bronze Star Medal 7 
for Service in Iraq 




EMF-Kuwait Duo, Perrich Garner 
Awards at NH Pensacola 



Item of Interest: 



Nutrition Makes a Stand in Navy Fit- 
ness. With the spring Physical Readi- 
ness Test cycle, the Navy is ensuring 
Sailors are aware of the fitness of 
healthy living and diet. The ShipShape 
program is specifically designed to pro- 
vide basic information on nutrition, 
physical activity, and techniques to 
lower and maintain an acceptable body 
weight. Commands interested in starting 
a ShipShape program can go to the Navy 
Marine Corps Public Health Center 
(NMCPHC) site at http://www- 
nmcphc.med.navy.mil/ 



Navy and Marine 
Corps Medical News 

A Public Affairs Publication of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 

Navy l\/ledicine Commemorates Social 
Worker Awareness Month 



By Christine Mahoney, Bureau of 
Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs 

WASHINGTON - March was 
designated by the Reagan Adnnini- 
stration in 1984 as National Social 
Work Month and Navy Medicine 
marked the occasion with a celebra- 
tion at the Bureau of Medicine and 
Surgery (BUMED) on March 31 in 
the Rotunda of historic landmark 
Building Two, with this year's 
theme entitled, "Social Work: Pur- 
pose & Possibility". 

"Social Work Month 2009 spot- 
lights the contributions Navy Social 
Workers have long made", said 
CAPT Robert Koffman, Director, 
Deployment Health, Bureau of 



Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). 
"Social workers have truly added 
value to the Navy Medicine commu- 
nity. As we move forward, we are 
going to increasingly rely on the 
capability set Navy social workers 
provide to our Sailors, Marines and 
their families." 

Navy Social Worker's primary 
function is to assist service mem- 
bers, retirees and their respective 
families to function at their highest 
potential in every aspect of their 
lives. "Our social workers are re- 
sponsible for maintaining and im- 



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WASHI NGTON— Capt. David Kennedy (Ret.), MSW, became the Navy's first social worl<er 
officer in 1980, spol<e about his service as a social worker during his time in the Navy at the 
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's event marking Social Worker Awareness Month March 31. 
The theme for the event was Navy Social Work: Purpose and Responsibility. U.S. Navy photo 
by Christine Mahoney 



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Admirars Call by the Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy 
Vice Admiral Adam. M. Robinson, Jr. 



Navy Medicine's Operational Stress 
Control Program Helps Building Resilience 



Navy Medicine provides a con- 
tinuum of psychological health care 
to service members throughout the 
deployment cycle - pre- 
deployment, during deployment, 
and post-deployment. To accom- 
plish this, Navy Medicine engages 
at several levels: from Command- 
ing Officer, to small unit leaders, to 
individual service members, and of 
course, with family members. We 
are committed to making psycho- 
logical health services available to 
all who need them - when they 
need them. The Operational Stress 
Control (OSC) program is just one 
of our many programs. Its focus is 
to build resilience in our Sailors and 
Marines and in their family mem- 
bers. 

Illness is painful - emotionally, 
socially and spiritually. Emotional 
illness also carries the added bur- 
den of stigma, which hampers our 
men and women from seeking the 
care that they need, the care we 
provide, that will assist them to full 
recovery and full function. 
Surveys of active and reserve Sail- 
ors serving in OIF and OEF revealed 
two significant challenges related to 
the stigma of seeking mental health 
support. First that it might have 
adverse affects on their careers and 
second that they will be looked 
upon differently. 



DoD policy changes regarding 
the impact of mental health care on 
security clearance screening and 
separation due to personality disor- 
der associated with PTSD are wel- 
come organizational advances in 
removing mental health stigma. 
Reducing the stigma associated 
with seeking help for psychological 
health issues requires changing 
perceptions both within individuals 
and in the command culture. The 
BUMED Psychological Health Pro- 
gram is part of the Navy and Marine 
Corps comprehensive strategy de- 
signed to reduce mental health 
stigma for Sailors, Marines and 
their families. Stigma reducing in- 
terventions span three major 
fronts: (a) education and training 
for individual Sailors and Marines 
that normalizes mental health care, 
(b) leadership training to improve 
command climate support for seek- 
ing mental health care, and (c) en- 
couragement of care outreach to 
individual Sailors and Marines. 

In FY 08/09 OSC personnel 
trained over 2200 non-mental 
health care providers in operational 
stress control, including stigma re- 
duction. They also trained 1200 
Senior Navy leaders on these same 
issues at Personal Readiness Sum- 
mits. Because we're targeting sail- 
ors at every point in their careers. 




722 students at the Navy's Com- 
mand Leadership School and 541 
students at the Navy's Senior 
Enlisted Academy received OSC 
Awareness Training. BUMED had 
funded the OSC training of more 
than 5700 Reservists by the Psy- 
chological Health Outreach Coordi- 
nators hired by the Reserve Com- 
ponent Commands (RCC). 

OSC training has also been in- 
corporated into the training cycle 
for all deploying Navy Individual 
Augmentees and post-deployment 
OSC Training is delivered at Return- 
ing Warrior Workshops. 

We are at the forefront of sup- 
porting and promoting emotional 
and mental health treatment. We 
will continue to encourage and sup- 
port our Sailors and Marines to seek 
out and receive this treatment to 
the fullest. 




SAN Dl EGO -Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ivy Gaskins files a sam- 
ple by type in the Naval Medical Center San Diego Blood Bank Feb. 
17. Proper storage and confirmation of blood type ensures patients 
receive the correct specimen and protects them from potentially 
serious reactions to receiving the wrong blood type during transfu- 
sion. All of the blood products in the NMCSD Blood Bank are 
screened for diseases. Blood type is confirmed before being stored, 
shipped, or injected into patients. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Commu- 
nication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Berenguer 




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The Hidden Casualties of War: l\/loving to Solutions'' 
Symposium, May 7— 8 

Co-Hosted by Naval Hospital Pensacola and 
The University of West Florida Center for Applied Psychology 

The deadline for registration for "The Hidden Casualties of War: Moving to Solutions" Symposium is May 1 . 
The University of West Florida Center for Applied Psychology and Naval Hospital Pensacola will co-sponsor 
the second deployment mental health symposium May 7-8 at the UWF Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 

Building 82. 

The symposium is recommended for community-based mental health professionals, government and uni- 
formed health care providers and those with an interest in deployment mental or behavioral health. The 2- 
day event will include tools and strategies to assist providers in diagnosing and treating trauma and stress 

that occur during and after the deployment cycle. 

Mental health experts will share their tools and strategies for diagnosing and treating military members and 
their families who have been adversely impacted by the Global War on Terrorism. Deployment-related top- 
ics will include post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, insomnia, spirituality, substance abuse, 
coping with loss, parent-child relationships and pain management. 

To register or for details, contact the UWF Center for Applied Psychology at 473-7307, e-mail 
CAP@uwf.edu or visit www.uwf.edu/CAP/DeploymentMentalHealth. 



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proving our Sailors and Marines nnentally, physically, 
and spiritually to enable nnission readiness. They pro- 
vide counseling, psychosocial education, advocacy, in- 
tervention, research, and programnnatic support for the 
person, family, group and organization to self actual- 
ize," said Rear Adm. Karen Flaherty, SHCE, USN, Dep- 
uty Chief Wounded I ll-l njured Warrior Support, BUMED. 

Social workers have been a part of the Navy Medi- 
cine team for 29 years. Annong the honored guest was 
Navy Medicine's very first unifornned social worker 
Capt. David Kennedy (Ret.), MSC, USN, who now 
serves as Program Analyst, for the Office of Family Pol- 
icy/Children and Youth, Office of the Secretary of De- 
fense. Kennedy joined the Navy as a social worker and 
Medical Service Corps officer in 1980. 

Kennedy stated, "I am happy to see the Navy rec- 
ognized how value Navy Medicine social workers are 
and our numbers will be increasing in the future so we 
can better serve our beneficiaries." 

Navy Medicine Social Workers have the opportunity 
to practice in unique environments. Not only can social 
workers be found at Navy Fleet Family Service Centers 
and our medical treatment facilities, they also deploy 
and serve on the front lines of combat. 

"Navy Medicine social workers are critical members 
of our Navy team. They understand the individuals, 
and they understand the environment in which few 
have ever lived. They are the experts in managing 
complex behavioral and psycho-social aspects of a per- 



son and provide extraordinary case management," 
Flaherty said. The war has clearly identified the important 
role social workers play." 

There are approximately 1,170 social workers currently 
serving in Navy Medicine, 24 of which are active duty, four 
reservists, approximately 750 civilians and 400 contrac- 
tors. According to Flaherty, the number of social workers 
will be increasing in the future to meet the ever-growing 
needs of Sailors, Marines and their families. 

The event was organized by the Navy Medicine Social 
Worker Month Committee: 

- Lt. Joseph Ford, MSC, USN, Social Work Month 2009 
Committee Chair and Senior Analyst, Deployment Health 

- Charles Gould, Director, Navy Substance Abuse & Re- 
habilitation Program 

- Dr. Carolyn Gravely-Moss, Clinical Analyst, Content 
Analysis Team; 

- Karen Karadimov, Director, Psychological Health for 
Navy Reserve 

- Cynthia Logan, Program Manager, Content Analysis 
Team 

- Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Robert Myers, Action 
Officer, Emerging Health Policy 

- Dr. John Russotto, PH-TBI Clinical Consultant 

- Doris Ryan, Public Affairs Office 

- J ames Sutton, Clinical Analyst, Content Analysis Team 

- Kirsten Woodward, Coordinator, Navy Medicine Family 
Programs 

The event is the first in a series of events to highlight 
our social workers' current efforts and work. Future 
events will be included in the command's plan of the week. 



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BUMED Perinatal Advisory Board Brings Patient Safety Into 
Focus 



By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital 
Bremerton Public Affairs Office 



BREMERTON, Wash. - Naval 
Hospital Bremerton recently hosted 
the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 
Perinatal Advisory Board (PAB). The 
nneeting brought together a wide 
range of specific nnedical field spe- 
cialists from numerous military 
treatment facilities to brainstorm 
ideas and enhance training towards 
the ultimate goal of improving pa- 
tient safety and enhancing quality 
care. 

"Our overall goal is to concen- 
trate on patient safety throughout 
the whole continuum of care," said 
Cmdr Con Yee Ling, BUMED PAB 
coordinator. "We make recommen- 
dations using evidence- based 
health care that will benefit not just 
Navy-wide military treatment facili- 
ties but also DOD medical com- 
mands." 

"Our own advisory board mir- 
rors that of BUMED PAB in that it is 
a multi-disciplinary group that in- 
cludes members from OB/GYN, An- 
esthesiology, Family Medicine, 
Nursing, and Pediatrics," said Cmdr. 
Janine Wood, Navy Nurse Corps, of 
NHB's Northwest Beginnings Family 
Birth Center. "Having our BUMED 
PAB governing body here gave us 
the opportunity to conduct training, 
share thoughts and information. 
The time spent became a very posi- 



tive networking tool to go over the 
pluses and the pitfalls that we all 
encounter in doing our jobs." 

"Patient safety when delivering 
babies is the primary focus of the 
Perinatal Advisory Board," said Lt 
Cmdr. Jeffrey Martens, NHB general 
pediatrician and command PAB 
chairman. "The key is that PAB is 
multi-disciplinary. All the players 
involved brought their own exper- 
tise which greatly increases our col- 
lective ability. We work locally, but 
at the BUMED level, the PAB cen- 
tralizes and gathers from all Navy 
military treatment facilities (MTFs) 
what's working and what is not 
working. Sharing information and 
ideas are integral." 

According to Martens, PAB acts 
as a clearing house. A report card 
system has been put in place to 
identify areas useful to focus on for 
MTFs, and see if progress is being 
made and goals are being met. 
"We're doing well with what we 
have now in regards to the proc- 
esses in place and we will get new 
initiatives and start working on 
them," noted Martens. "For exam- 
ple, some of the newer things we've 
implemented are two-day new-born 
follow-ups for everyone and post- 
partum depression screening, which 
has been rolled out Navy wide." 

Martens explained that one of 
the big initiatives covered over the 
week was to standardize training. 




BREMERTON, Wash. - Members of Bureau 
of Medicine and Surgery Perinatal Advisory 
Board conducted cutting edge training at 
Naval Hospital Bremerton using the Mobile 
Obstetric Emergency Simulator. The multi- 
disciplinary PAB group, that included mem- 
bers from OB/GYN, Anesthesiology, Family 
Medicine, Nursing and Pediatrics, convened 
to conduct training, share information and 
brainstorm on methodology to improve pa- 
tient safety and continue the enhancement 
of quality care. U.S. Navy photo by Douglas 
H. Stutz 



where everyone is communicating 
and training the same way. "We did 
a demonstration using the Mobile 
Obstetric Emergency Simulator 
(MOES), which is cutting edge 
training developed at Madigan Army 
Medical Center. Being close to 
MAMC and interacting with them 
has given us the benefit of being 



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AGUACATAL, Honduras - Navy dentist Cmdr. David 
Reiter and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Amy Brown 
remove an upper molar from a villager in Aguacatal 
during the Beyond the Horizon humanitarian assistance 
exercise in Honduras April 1. Reserve component doc- 
tors, nurses, and hospital corpsmen from Operational 
Hospital Support Unit, Dallas are providing medical 
services to six different Honduran villages during the 
two- week exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Commu- 
nication Specialist 2nd Class Ron Kuzlik 



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Sailors Bring Medical Care to Honduran Villages 



By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ron Kuzlik, 
Navy News Service 

SOTO CANO Al R BASE, Honduras U.S. Navy 
personnel from Operational Health Support Unit (OHSU) 
Dallas, Texas, connpleted two days of medical services 
to over 700 villagers in Agua Salada, Honduras, as part 
of their commitment to Beyond the Horizon 2009 - 
Honduras. 

From March 25 to April 4, the Navy team of 32 Re- 
serve component doctors, nurses, dentists, optome- 
trists, pharmacists and hospital corpsmen are providing 
general medical care and diagnosis, dental check-ups 
and extractions, eye exams, prescription services and 
preventative care lessons to six different villages in ru- 
ral Honduras. 

"The main purpose of the mission for OHSU Dallas is 
training: deploying to an austere environment, provid- 
ing care and redeploying safely," said Lt. Cmdr. Deb- 
orah Greubel, a Navy doctor overseeing the unit's ef- 
forts in Honduras. "In the middle of this deployment, 
our team touches the hearts and minds of the Hondu- 
ran people. In return, they welcome us graciously and 
share with us their culture and kindness." 



In this remote sites access to health care is limited. 

"Most of the remote sites we visit here are in great 
need. Medical care is sparse, even the most basic of needs 
are unmet. Water is a rare commodity, electricity a luxury. 
An act as simple as giving a pair of glasses changes tre- 
mendously the quality of life of these gracious people." 

The health care teams hopes that their work leaves a 
lasting impression and would foster goodwill among the 
two nations. 

"There were a lot of needy people who desperately 
needed our help," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Roger 
McCune of Parsons, Kan. "I'm hoping that what we're do- 
ing here continues to foster a positive image of the United 
States and our armed forces with the Honduran people." 

Operational Health Support Unit (OHSU) Dallas is one 
of the Navy Reserve's medical field units. 

Like the New Horizons program which began in the 
mid-1980s, the U.S. Southern Command-sponsored Be- 
yond the Horizon program deploys U.S. military engineers 
and medical professionals to Caribbean and Central and 
South American nations for training and to provide hu- 
manitarian support. Missions for 2009 include Colombia, 
Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Honduras, Suriname and 
Trinidad & Tobago. 



Pet Visitation — Making Rounds^ Sharing Love at NH Jax 



By Loren Barnes, Naval Hospital 
Jacksonville, Fla., Public Affairs Of- 
fice 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - There's 
nothing like a belly rub, hugs and 
kisses to make your hospital visit 
less stressful. Just ask Molly! 
No Molly isn't a patient she's part of 
the Naval Hospital Jacksonville (NH 
Jax) staff and she has the hospital 
I D to prove it. 

Four-year-old Molly and her 18- 
month-old side-kick Teddy are 
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 
owned by Cmdr. Deborah Roy, as- 
sistant director of nursing at NH 
Jax. 

Molly and Teddy are the first 
two dogs in the hospital's new Pet 
Visitation program. Both Molly and 
Teddy are exceptionally well- 
trained, well-behaved and just plain 
adorable. Either of them can take a 
special place in the hearts of young 
and old alike as they and Roy make 
their rounds visiting patients, visi- 
tors and staff. 

"The dogs provide a positive 
diversion from the normal hospital 
environment and help folks feel 
more at home," said Roy, who initi- 
ated the new program here. "Many 



patients and visitors reminisce 
about their own pets and their im- 
pact in their life," she said. "The 
visits provide stress relief and a 
positive interaction that does not 
involve the medical illness they are 
being treated for." 

Recognizing that some people 
are not dog people and others have 
allergies, Roy said the pets are 
never introduced to patients, visi- 
tors or staff without their permis- 
sion or if it would medically inap- 
propriate. 

The hospital is currently looking 
to expand the program with volun- 
teers who might want to involve 
their dogs in the program. There 
are some guidelines for participants 
Roy said, mainly regarding health 
and temperament. Dogs must be at 
least one year of age and all breeds 
are welcome. All dogs must have 
received their Canine Good Citizen 
certification. This is a simple obedi- 
ence test available through the 
American Kennel Club. Go to 
AKC.org for information. Dogs must 
be on year-round flea/tick and 
heart worm prophylaxis, and must 
be healthy. All dogs will be evalu- 
ated by the NAS Jacksonville veteri- 




NAVAL HOSPI TAL J ACKSONVI LLE - 

Molly helps relieve some of the stress of 
patient Rose Thurman while visiting the 
Emergency Room. U.S. Navy photo by 
Loren Barnes 






narian yearly for a health check. 
Dog owners also must be approved. 
They will be interviewed for the 

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Optometry Team Aboard Comfort Preps for CP09 



By Airman 1st Class Ashley Garcia, USNS Comfort Public 
Affairs 

USNS COMFORT, At Sea - The optometry clinic 
aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is prepar- 
ing for its four-month deployment to various countries in 
Latin America and the Caribbean in support of Continu- 
ing Promise 2009 (CP 09). 

CP 09 is a humanitarian and civic assistance mission 
that will offer support by conducting medical, dental, 
veterinary and engineering assistance programs afloat 
and ashore in response to host nation requests and re- 
quirements. 

The clinic's mission is to provide glasses to locals in 
the countries and to educate them about proper eye 
care. 

"We're here to make sure they have the corrections 
necessary to begin reading and to take care of their 
health long after we're gone," said Navy Lt. Joseph Os- 
mond, Comfort optometrist. 

The optometry clinic consists of three doctors and 
three technicians who will make up two teams. The 
teams will go into the country daily to screen and treat 
patients, while one doctor remains on board to treat 
crew members. 

"We expect to see one hundred twenty patients per 
doctor; there are three doctors going ashore, so any- 
where between three hundred sixty to four hundred pa- 
tients per day," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class J oh- 
nathan Martinez, Comfort optician. "The clinic's goal is to 
examine up to thirty thousand patients by the end of the 
mission." 

The teams will have several pieces of equipment with 



them ashore: an auto refractor, which measures the cor- 
nea and helps determine the prescription; a slit lamp, 
which offers a close-up view of the eye, lens and retina; a 
tonometer, which measures eye pressure and can be 
used as a screening tool for glaucoma; and a binocular 
indirect ophthalmoscope, used to dilate a patient's eye. 
Doctors will carry a kit ashore each day with 220 reading 
glasses. 

Sunglasses and lubricant eye drops will also be pro- 
vided. The team has 12,500 pairs of sunglasses to dis- 
tribute throughout the mission. They expect to see a lot 
of patients with significant light sensitivity and dry-eye 
syndrome since they are close to the equator. Patients of 
all age groups will be examined. 

"We really want to focus on the children. We want to 
keep track of the numbers of kids ten and under we ex- 
amine so that we can order ready-made glasses for them 
next mission," said Osmond. "There is also almost a uni- 
versal need for reading glasses for people that are over 
forty years of age." 



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able to pick that training up and 
pass along." 

"The MOES can be programmed 
to simulate any number of emer- 
gencies in dealing with a new- 
born," continued Martens. "The 
principle is based on the same type 
of simulators used in Naval Avia- 
tion. Instructors can't turn off the 
jet's engines to see what happens 
and then respond, but they can do 
it in a flight simulator. The MOES 
gives us the opportunity to deal 
with emergencies we might see 
rarely, and get the necessary train- 
ing in how to handle them. The 
MOES gives us the opportunity to 
get everyone involved and practice 
emergency, as well as routine, in- 
fant deliveries on an artificial pedi- 
atric patient that can show symp- 



toms and even respond to simu- 
lated treatment. We go through all 
the steps involved - from the onset 
where a receptionist might have to 
page for the doctor - how long does 
it take to respond and be on scene? 
How long for a corpsman to go and 
return for medication if needed? 
How long does it take for help from 
Pediatrics to arrive? By making the 
scenario as realistic as we can, in- 
stead of just going through the mo- 
tions, everyone gets to hone their 
skills. The hands-on training and 
shared feedback in a training yet 
real environment helps to improve 
individual and team skills as well as 
practice new clinical processes be- 
fore any actual scenarios crop up 
with actual patients. There are a 
myriad of lessons to learn." 

The lessons learned have con- 
sistently rendered positive results 



for those in need. Last year, NHB 
delivered 668 babies, which 
equates to approx 56 babies a 
month. 

Martens attests that another im- 
portant area that the PAB focuses 
on is patient satisfaction. "We give 
everyone a survey to fill out," said 
Martens. The feedback we get, 
which is generally real-time, helps 
us ensure we are doing all we can 
for our patients. At NHB we receive 
incredible kudos. The corpsmen 
also get rave reviews. We care and 
need to hear from our patients. Our 
Northwest Beginnings Family Birth 
Center is a central reason why we 
are here. We're here for them. De- 
livering babies is a big part of our 
facility. The birth process is com- 
plex. Our goal is to ensure it's done 
well and as safely as possible." 



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Cmdr. Awarded Bronze Star Medal for Service in Iraq 



Provided via Naval Hospital Pensa- 
cola, Fla., Public Affairs Office 

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Cmdr. J eff 
Plummer was awarded the Bronze 
Star Medal for exceptionally nnerito- 
rious service during Operation Iraqi 
Freedom while serving as Deputy 
Director for Health Affairs at the 
Multi-National Security Transition 
Command - Iraq (MNSTC-I). 

Conducting over 50 combat mis- 
sions throughout Iraq, Cmdr 
Plummer led a team of Army, Navy 
and Air Force medical officers and 
non-commissioned officers advis- 
ing/mentoring the Iraqi Ministry of 
Defense (MoD) Joint Forces Sur- 
geon General Office, and the Minis- 
try of Interior (Mol) Health Direc- 
torate. 

On his watch, significant Health 
Service Support capability was 
transferred from Coalition to Iraqi 
control. The first Iraqi MoD Military 
Hospital at Al Muthana was opened 
on January 19, 2009, enabling key 
inpatient services in the capital city 
of Baghdad. Medical supply ware- 
houses were expanded in Taji, 



Kirkush and Numaniyah ensuring 
support for a growing medical logis- 
tics system. 

Plummer directed high-level 
engagements by senior Coalition 
Advisors with the Iraqi Minister of 
the Interior, resulting in governance 
changes that better recognize 
health services. 

In addition to constructing 
seven clinics for the Mol National 
Police, MNSTC-I Health Affairs out- 
fitted National and Border police 
with ambulances and supplies, and 
advised Mol forces on establish- 
ment of medical logistics proce- 
dures. 

Achieving a significant milestone 
for the developing Government of 
Iraq, Plummer organizing a first 
ever dinner conference between the 
leaders of the Ministry of Health, 
MoD and Mol . Hosted by the 
MNSTC-I Commanding General and 
Chaired by Deputy Prime Minister 
Rafi Al Isawi, and orthopedic sur- 
geon, this event was lauded as a 
major first step toward cross- 
ministerial cooperation for the de- 
veloping healthcare infrastructure. 




BAGHDAD- Army Col. Stephen Salerno 
awards the Bronze Star Medal to Navy 
Cmdr. Jeff Plummer on Feb. 15 for service 
during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Plummer 
served as Deputy Director for Health Affairs 
on the J oint staff of the Multi- National Tran- 
sition Command-Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by 
Lt. Cmdr. R. Conway 



Selected for promotion to Cap- 
tain, Plummer returns to duty as 
Officer-in-Charge of the Naval 
Branch Health Clinic at Naval Air 
Station Whiting Field near Pensa- 
cola. 



Pet Therapy continued... 

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program and will attend the American Red Cross (ARC) 
orientation program at NH J ax. 

After all the criteria have been met the dog's handlers 
are asked to volunteer for at least one hour per month. 
Roy said that is the ideal amount of time for the dog's 
rounds. "It takes about one hour to complete a set of 
rounds and dogs get tired around that time." 

Pet therapy has been used for years in many places 
throughout the medical field," Roy said. "Some of the 
places we see pet therapy being used are in nursing 
homes (as visitors or as resident pets), physical rehabili- 
tation programs, and hospital-based visitation. Dogs have 
been used as assistance animals for years and serve as 
companions as well as helpers for everyday activities. 
Seeing-eye-dogs help the blind navigate through society. 
There are even dogs that can sense seizures in their own- 
ers before the owners feel the warning signs. Dogs are 
helping young readers feel more comfortable with their 
reading and speaking skills. There are service dogs 
trained to assist people through traumatic events. For 
instance, dogs were used to assist aid and rescue workers 
during the 9/11 tragedy in New York City. Dogs are help- 
ing our returning soldiers through the Paws for Purple 
Hearts program, where service members with Post Trau- 



matic Shock Syndrome (PTSD) are training service dogs. 
This helps train needed dogs for service work while help- 
ing the soldiers work through their own experiences. 

The Pet Visitation program at NH J ax has already 
resulted in many positive comments from patients, visi- 
tors and staff. From people commenting on "what a neat 
idea" the program is to remarks on how it "brightened 
my day." 

Staff has also benefited from departmental visits. 
"One quick stop to pet the dogs provides a brisk relief 
from the challenges of the day and helps to refuel 
them," Roy said, noting that she's received numerous 
requests from departments for therapy visits. 

Studies on the medical benefits of interactions with 
pets, while not offering definitive evidence, have been 
largely positive. According to the CDC pets can decrease 
your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride lev- 
els and feelings of loneliness. Pets can increase your op- 
portunities for exercise and outdoor activities and oppor- 
tunities for socialization. 

Of course, most pet owners would say that their pet's 
biggest benefit is their capacity for unconditional love. 
Molly and Teddy have plenty of that to share and lots of 
people to share it with. 



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NAVAL HEALTH CLI NIC NEW ENGLAND, 
Newport, R.I.— LT. Cmdr. David Hicks, 
OD, was awarded the Navy J unior Optome- 
trist of the Year Award, 2008, by the Armed 
Forces Optometric Society, which tool< 
place in Atlanta, GA, on March 4. Dr. Hicks 
is the Division Officer of Optometric Ser- 
vices at Naval Health Clinic New England, 
Newport, R.I. He also supervises an Opti- 
cal Support Unit that consistently ranks in 
the top 5 for productivity for all Department 
of Defense Optical Support Units. Other 
clinical duties include mentoring 3 student 
doctors per quarter and establishing an 
educational program for them that entails 
weekly grand rounds, procedural training 
and optical fabrication, and conducting 
aviation exams for over 35 Officer Candi- 
date School classes yearly. U.S. Navy 
photo by Kathy MacKnight 



I NAVY MEDICINE 

World Class Care, . .Anytime, Anywhere 

bureau of Medicine and Sun 

2300 E Street NW 
Washington, DC 20372-5300 

Public Affairs Office 

Phone: 202-762-3221 

Fax: 202-762-1705 




EMF-Kuwait Duo, Perrich Garner Awards 
at NH Pensacola 



From the Naval Hospital Pensacola, 
Fla. Public Affairs Office 

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Naval Hos- 
pital (NH) Pensacola's chaplain and 
a staff Nurse Corps officer were rec- 
ognized in an awards ceremony 
March 27 for their efforts while de- 
ployed with Expeditionary Medical 
Facility-Kuwait, and the hospital's 
director of Industrial Hygiene, Pam 
Perrich, was the recipient of the 
Navy Meritorious Civilian Service 
Award. 

Lt. Cnndr. Doran Kelvington was 
presented the Navy and Marine 
Corps Connnnendation nnedal by Act- 
ing Connnnanding Officer Capt. 
Roger Houk, director of branch 
health clinics at NH Pensacola, and 
Ens. Donald Wood received the 
Navy Achievement Medal for efforts 
while serving seven-month deploy- 
ments with the Camp Arifjan- 
command hospital. EMF-Kuwait's 
mission is to provide combat force 
health sustainment for incoming 
and out-going personnel of Opera- 
tions Enduring/Iraqi Freedom (OEF/ 
OIF). 

Kelvington earned the award for 
his service as EMF-K chaplain. His 
efforts in conducting more than 100 
formal counseling sessions to assist 
with treatment plans for the Mental 
Health Department, the teaching of 
spirituality classes, and 97 visits to 
the various command sites 
throughout Kuwait earned the 
chaplain kudos from EMF-K's Com- 
manding Officer, Capt. E.C. Wag- 
ner. 

Wood participated in the nursing 
care of more than 3,000 patients; 
and mentored junior corpsmen with 
a continued focus on their advance- 
ment preparations. He also served 
as assistant Quality Manager of 
EMF-Kuwait where he developed a 
tracking database for command 
quality control reports. 

Perrich earned the NMCS award 
from the hospital's Commanding 
Officer, Capt. Maryalice Morro, dur- 
ing the awards ceremony March 27. 




NAVAL HOSPITAL PENSACOLA, Fla. - 

Ens. Donald Wood (left) is presented with 
the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal 
for his service with Expeditionary Medical 
Facility- Kuwait by the Acting Commanding 
Officer Capt. Roger Houk March 31. U.S. 
Navy photo by Rod Duren 



During J une 2007 to April 2008, she 
shared duties as Acting Director of 
Public Health, prior to the return 
from deployment of the director, 
Capt. Wes Farr. 

Navy Medicine East, the Navy 
hospital's direct- reporting command 
at Portsmouth, Va., hand-selected 
her to conduct the triennial I H pro- 
gram assessment of NH Jackson- 
ville, Fla., in 2008. 

Additionally, Perrich spear- 
headed development of a perform- 
ance improvement plan that re- 
duced the average number of days 
by more than half (48 to 21) to 
process and deliver IH survey re- 
ports. While acting director, the IH 
department earned a 93 percent 
customer satisfaction rating from 
commands throughout the region. 

Her leadership received acco- 
lades from the Navy Safety and 
Occupational Health Program 
evaluation last October which found 
the overall program management of 
IH "worthy of emulation," wrote 
Morro. 



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